Sunday, March 25, 2007

INT SOL 2 - Gullane Dunes





Gullane's dunes provide a varied test given that they are forested, open and bushy in places! M50L was 7.3k with 210m of climb and 21 controls. I took 50 minutes and had a fairly clean run, apart from overshooting 19.

Results.
WinSplits.
RouteGadget.

Hazel finishing.



Jason "finished"!



Map with my course.



Map with my route.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

NopeSport Scottish Sprint Orienteering Championships - Riccarton









NopeSport organised the event at Riccarton - Heriot Watt University. The format was a prologue followed by a final. I ran in the M40+ class which had the same course as everybody else. The prologue was 2.9k with 45m of climb and 19 controls, and the final was 3.3k with 50m of climb and 19 controls. Both courses took me 19 minutes, with my final time giving me victory in my class and 7th overall. This was the first sprint race I have done in an "urban" setting, which combined with unfamiliar map symbols took me out of my orienteering "comfort zone"! The event was well planned and great fun, and has left me with a really positive view of sprint orienteering - not something I have always had!

Prologue results.
Prologue splits.
Final results.
Final WinSplits.
RouteGadget.

Map with prologue course.



Map with my prologue route.



Map with final course.



Map with my final route.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

KFO Compass Sport Trophy and SoSOL - Pitmedden Forest







Pitmedden Forest is a mix of plantation and open hill, and was a cold, but sunny, venue for the Scottish leg of the Compass Sport Trophy. I ran the Blue Mens course which was 6.8k with 260m of climb and 23 controls, and which took me 46 minutes. As in recent events, concentration was poor - with time loss at 7 through not reading the descriptions and near the end by being put off by unmapped paths.



1 Douglas Tullie RR M20 44:15
2 Martin Dean FVO M50 46:13
3 David Weir TAY M45 48:55
4 Robert Bloor INT M45 51:52
5 John Tullie RR M50 52:49

Results.
WinSplits.
RouteGadget.

Map with my course.



Map with my route.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

FVO Night Event - Barr Wood




Jon Cross planned one course which had 2 parts and which was 6.0k with 27 controls (- with a short option of 3.9k with 18 controls - by missing out part 2!) with pre-marked, waterproof maps and a mass start. Part 1 was split into 2 parts, in an attempt to reduce following. Controls were reflective tape - no punching! I had a great tussle with Will Hensman and Gary Longhurst, and despite making lots of mistakes; just managed to hold them off to win in a time of 46 minutes.

Results.

Part 1 map with course.



Part 2 map with course.



Part 1 map with my route.



Part 2 map with my route.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

SROC National Event - Whitbarrow





South Cumbria is one of few places in the UK to offer wooded limestone terrain reminiscent of the Swiss Jura. Whitbarrow was terrific, offering physical and technical challenges. I ran M50L which was 6.8k with 175m of climb and 21 controls. I won the course in 50 minutes, but was beaten by 4 M45's who also ran the same course! Poor concentration led to misses at 12 and 16 - need to work at being a "concentration monster" - the description given to Daniel Hubmann of Switzerland in the latest edition of Orienteering Today!

Results.
WinSplits.
RouteGadget.

Map with my course.



Map with my route.

LOC Short Race - Black Beck

SATURDAY, MARCH 10, 2007





This was Event 1 of the Cumbrian Short Race Series sposored by Rock + Run. Competitors were split between 2 areas - Stockbird Head and Black Beck. I ran the M40+ course (- in Black Beck) which was 3.8k with 16 controls. I took 29 minutes and finished 2nd, some 30 seconds behind Charlie Adams of SYO.

Results.
Splits.
RouteGadget.

Map with my course.



Map with my route.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

ESOC SOL 1 - Baluain & Banvie Woods







It's been 7 years since I last orienteered at Baluain & Banvie Woods. Today was my first SOL as an M50, but since many of my rivals have moved up with me and the fact that the M45's ran the same course; it didn't seem much different to last years SOL's! Competition on the course was intense, primarily because the JM5L class had a very strong field - attracted by the event being an FCC race! The course was 7.5k with 260m of climb and 18 controls. I won M50L in 54 minutes, but was well beaten by Mark Nixon running M21S, Duncan Coombs and a host of others running JM5L, and John Noblett running M45L. I had a reasonable run, didn't make any significant mistakes but was a bit scrappy near the finish. Fortunately, I had finished running before the rain and wind arrived and was safely ensconced in the warmth and comfort of the nearby cafe when the bad weather struck!

Results.
WinSplits.
RouteGadget.

Map with my course.



Map with my route.